Ballard Appoints New Chief Commercial Officer



    VANCOUVER, April 21 /CNW/ - Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD; NASDAQ:  
BLDP) today announced that Michael Goldstein has been appointed Vice President
and Chief Commercial Officer of Ballard, effective April 27, 2009. Michael
brings more than 20 years of technology leadership experience in companies
ranging in size from early-stage start-ups to General Electric.
    "We are excited to have Michael joining Ballard as our Chief Commercial
Officer," said John Sheridan, President and CEO of Ballard. "He has great
depth of experience in commercializing new technologies and growing value in
early stage companies. He brings leadership experience in both specialized
technology companies and larger international operations."
    As President and CEO of Actuality Medical Inc., Michael transformed a
research and development company into a respected developer of prostate cancer
treatment solutions. Prior to Actuality, Michael was President of iFire
Technology Inc. Michael created the focus, strategy, acquisitions, and
strategic alliances that propelled iFire to become the largest North American
contender for the then $100 billion dollar emerging flatscreen TV market. As
Executive Vice President and General Manager of Leybold Vacuum Solutions Inc.,
a $100 million manufacturing division of Unaxis Corporation, he was
responsible for its global growth and operations. Michael started his career
with GE, where he held progressively senior positions and was ultimately
responsible for the development and manufacturing of key components of NASA's
Mars Mission spacecraft.
    Michael's education includes a Bachelors degree in Engineering from the
University of Southern Illinois, and an MBA from the Wharton School. He is on
the Executive of the Young Presidents Organization, and served for many years
on the Board of Directors of YouthLink, a United Way funded youth crisis,
counseling, and intervention agency.

    About Ballard Power Systems

    Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD; NASDAQ:   BLDP) is recognized as a world
leader in the design, development, manufacture and sale of clean energy fuel
cell products. Ballard's mission is to accelerate fuel cell product adoption.
To learn more about what Ballard is doing with Power to Change the World(R),
visit www.ballard.com.
    Ballard, the Ballard logo and Power to Change the World are registered
trademarks of Ballard Power Systems Inc.




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For further information: or to arrange an interview with a Ballard
spokesperson, please contact Amy Harada Bradley at telephone number (604)
412-7913 or on e-mail amy.harada@ballard.com


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